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How To Build A Dragging Sled

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Sled dragging is great GPP/Cardio. Given the choice between running for hours on end or running in short bursts dragging a weight, I know which I’d rather do. Problem is that sleds are expensive and in short supply in the UK so I thought I’d make my own. Here’s what you need:

An old car tire. I asked around at work and managed to get this for free from a colleague who had it lying around in his garden.

Sheet of plywood or similar. I got this at the local hardware store from the off cuts bin. Go to a store where they cut the wood for you and they will often have a discount section where they sell all of the leftover pieces. This large sheet (enough for 2 or 3 sleds) cost me around £1.

Eyebolts. You only need one.

Regular hex bolts. You only need four. Make sure they’re long enough to go through the tire AND the wood.

Some sort of rope. I used webbing as it was cheap and looked easy on the hands.

Bungee cords. These are to hold the plates onto the finished sled.

Mars bar. This was used to stop me going catabolic during the building process.

Tools you need:

Drill, tape measure, straight edge, pencil, saw, spanner.

Stage one: Drill a hole in the side of your tire about halfway up and screw the eyebolt in. Tires are beaded so this will take a while.

Stage two: Loop your rope through the eyebolt and secure if necessary.

Stage three: Create the hand loops. I tried to use duct tape to secure these but it slipped too much when I tried to pull the loaded sled. A simple knot will do better. Be sure to make nice BIG loops though as you don’t want to slice your hands off with the handles when pulling.

Stage four: Cut the wood to the size of the tire. It will overlap slightly unless you want to use a jigsaw and curve the edges. I did not. Fasten the wooden platform to the tire using the hex bolts. You will need to make a big enough gap to fit a plate in (all olympic plates are 450mm in diametre) but other than that just make sure you are drilling through wood AND tire and not just wood.

Stage 5: Bungee cords on and you’re finished and ready to pull.

I am still working on modifying this design slightly. Trying to work on securing the bungee cords a little better but other than that, it’s working just fine. I take no responsibility for it leaving you looking like this though:

  • Jb May 30,2014 at 5:22 pm

    I built one and used plywood inside the tire and a 2×4 screwed across the ply wood so i could stack weight inside the tire, use a tie stra from my truck, either hook it to my bealt and pull it behind me or turn and hold on to the strap as i peddle backwards

  • Cobalt Jul 13,2013 at 6:13 pm

    consider adding a 2nd tyre on top of the plydecking to keep the weights in.
    wider webbing?, use some wavin pipe (sinkwaste pipe) as handles – route the webbing through the pipe before splicing together
    thanks for the article

  • James Mar 21,2012 at 11:22 am

    Nice sled. If you have kettlebells you can just put a piece of plate inside the tire and place the kettlebells there. Also works with smaller plates, DB, rocks and other stuff that fits inside the tire:)

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